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New training places for PE teachers

Released: 02.03.15

A national Government initiative to develop Primary PE specialist teachers has led to the Plymouth Teaching School Alliance and the University of St Mark & St John developing a new teacher training programme.

Continuing to build on the successful partnership between the Plymouth Teaching School Alliance and the University, 20 places are available on the new ‘Primary with PE’ course.

Dr Ian Luke, Dean of Faculty of Education & Social Sciences, said:  “We’re very pleased to be delivering this as one of only twelve organisations nationally to allow graduates to apply for leading roles for PE within primary schools."

“For us, it’s another exciting opportunity to be part of a national initiative to increase the quality of outstanding primary education, and for those PE teachers to make an impact on the futures, health and wellbeing of more children and families.”

Pete Nash, CEO at Plymouth Teaching School Alliance (PTSA) said:"The Plymouth Teaching School Alliance is excited and thrilled to be working with the University of St Mark & St John as one of our key partners; it is a real opportunity to attract the very best trainees to our city and help them develop into outstanding teachers."

The University's Teacher Education Partnership involves over 300 primary schools, 100 secondary schools, and 15 Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) schools. The Partnership works across 6 regions with representation in Germany and Cyprus and includes a number of Co-operative Trusts, National Teaching Schools, Academies, Federations and Alliances.

Those who successfully complete the year’s course will receive Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)

Applications are open through the UCAS system and more information about PTSA teacher training can be found on the website

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